The arcade fire is allegedly an urban legend. When Win Butler (the band’s frontman) was at school he heard about this urban legend from his classmates.
The story is both prosaic and horrible as the local arcade had burned down. The original story included the death of several kids in the notorious fire.
When asked about the story, Butler explained it’s actually not a true story but he took it for real for a long time. The kid who told him the story probably made up the whole thing, which doesn’t really matters.
“The first kid who beat me up when I was 12, was a high school kid who always used to talk about how the old arcade burned down and all these kids died…” – Win Butler
Anyway, it’s probably not a coincidence – many of Arcade Fire songs themes (especially on their debut masterpiece ‘Funeral’) refer to the death of their loved ones. But don’t get them wrong – they’re sad songs, not morbid. They celebrate life, while there’s a constant reminder of death. They’re beautiful.
Here’s one for you-